Jan 28, 2019 – wild camp to La Junta (80km)
It was another overcast / drizzly day.
I ended up cycling all day with only 1 major stop. I didn’t see any hiking trailheads through this section.
It’s difficult and costly to build & maintain trails in this impenetrable foliage.
The further I go south, the less the traffic.
The only memorable part of the day was visiting Villa Santa Lucia.
The town was devastated by a flood and mudslide on December 16, 2017. High tourist season.
21 people killed.
The cause was heavy rainfall plus the detachment of a glacier.
Click PLAY or watch some of the mudslide on YouTube.
Here’s one house that has not yet been repaired in January 2019.
But people are still rebuilding.
As it happens, a lot of cyclists stop at Villa Santa Lucia taking refuge from the rain by setting up tents under tarps.
I was happy to finally reach pretty La Junta (pop.914).
As rain and wind were still getting worse, I decided to get a room.
Lonely Planet and the tourist information kiosk recommended Hospedaje Tia Lety. It’s a homely, friendly place. But I left disappointed: wifi didn’t work; showers alternating from freezing to boiling.
As I couldn’t use the kitchen and was starving, I decided on the most decent looking restaurant in town.
I was the only customer at 8pm during high season. 🙄
Food was … OK.
But I did make some miles over the past 2 days.